Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Orange vs. Mountaineers CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament
(17-9) #11 Syracuse Orange vs. #3 West Virginia Mountaineers (19-9)
Date: Sunday, March 21st
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: West Virginia -165 | Syracuse +140
CBB Betting Odds: West Virginia -3.5
CBB Betting Total: 147.5
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The second round of the NCAA Tournament continues Sunday as the Syracuse Orange hope to pull off another upset over the West Virginia Mountaineers. They lulled many to sleep by sneaking into the big dance and rolling over San Diego State on Friday 78-62.
The level of difficulty will see a dramatic increase with a head-to-head tilt with the Mountaineers slated for Sunday. West Virginia ended their regular season with two consecutive losses to Oklahoma State, but they woke back up and dropped the hammer on Morehead State 84-67 to kick-start their tournament run.
Syracuse smoked No. 6-seed San Diego State 78-62 in the round of 64 thanks to the teams hot shooting and defensive smothering presence. Orange SG Buddy Boeheim, son of coach Jim, dropped a 30 piece by hitting 73.3% of his shots, including seven 3-pointers. The team shot 55.6% from deep overall knocking down 15 shots on 27 attempts.
‘Cuse legendary head coach Jim Boeheim’s famed 2-3 zone defense locked up the Aztecs in the first half, holding them to 18 points, and SDSU only made 27.5% of its 3’s for the game.
West Virginia Mountaineers
As demonstrated in their first-round victory over Morehead State on Friday, West Virginia can cook from long distance as well. The team shot 50 percent from beyond the arc in the game and scored 84 points in total. Unlike San Diego State, they aren’t going to get caught standing like a deer in the headlights if the Orange start knocking down buckets.
The Mountaineers have been a bit too generous in the defensive scoring department with opponents averaging 74.7 points in their last three outings. There have been times when they’ve put unneeded pressure on themselves offensively due to the defensive struggles. So it would beneficial for them to put an end to the 3-point shooting early.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Orange are 5-0 ATS last 5 overall
- Orange are 9-2 ATS last 11 NCAA tournament games
- Orange are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog
- Over is 10-1 in Orange last 11 neutral site games
- Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS last 5 overall
- Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games
- Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Under is 14-3 in Mountaineers last 17 neutral site games
Free Syracuse Orange vs. West Virginia Mountaineers NCAAB Prediction:
This Syracuse team is dangerous. They are shooting the ball out of their minds right now with Buddy Boeheim doing his best Steph Curry impressions. But it isn’t just about the ridiculous 3-point shooting that recently buried San Diego State. The Orange can also play defense.
They can suffocate opposing teams on the defensive end of the floor by forcing turnovers and shutting down the long-distance shooting. I’m taking Syracuse to pull off another upset and advance to the Sweet 16.
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